Trayvon Verdict Brings out the Nation’s Shadow even more
Seems like racial rhetoric is at an all time low since the Trayvon verdict. (Big news these past couple of days is the racist defacement of a Jackie Robinson statue).
Been working on a project in light of this event, but deciding how (through which venue to publish it.
In the meantime, while not directly referencing the Trayvon case, this article shows how conservatives won’t even stop at seriously distorting the “truth” they so appeal to!
“Obama Tells Teachers Not To Reprimand Black Students”
“The order births a new federal bureaucracy and effectively offers black students a green light to misbehave at school.”
This of course becomes yet another platform for everyone to talk about black “problems” and how they will now be ecncouraged to get worse, and how Obama is a racist favoring blacks.
Yet the article does not even cite the source of this claim. No one even questions where it came from; what exactly it was based on, they just jump right on it.
Here is the actual order:
What they are probably referencing is:
(vi) reducing the dropout rate of African American students and helping African American students graduate from high school prepared for college and a career, in part by promoting a positive school climate that does not rely on methods that result in disparate use of disciplinary tools, and by supporting successful and innovative dropout prevention and recovery strategies that better engage African American youths in their learning, help them catch up academically, and provide those who have left the educational system with pathways to reentry
Notice the word “disparate“: “Fundamentally distinct or different in kind; entirely dissimilar”.
It’s aiming to prevent blacks from being disciplined worse than others (as for the same level of misbehavior), not saying they should be disciplined less, regardless of how much children who happen to be black might misbehave. (And of course, you have those who say “they’re disciplined worse because they misbehave more” citing statistics of course).
Another one to take note of (for those who insist no one is trying to address the root of black problems):
(iii) decreasing the disproportionate number of referrals of African American children from general education to special education by addressing the root causes of the referrals and eradicating discriminatory referrals
Likewise, this program: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing http://www.prrac.org/pdf/HUDFirstTermReportCard.pdf becomes “Moving Poor People to Better Neighborhoods”, and thus “blaming a zip code instead of blaming drug use and single-parent households” and everything else wrong with the people. Again, it becomes the cue for the conservative blogosphere to recite everything wrong with blacks, how the neighborhoods will just go down, and how the government is using “social engineering” to take away everyone else’s freedom.
Here are some good recent Trayvon-related articles:
The Right’s Racism Is Showing
A Message to Trayvon Martin Sympathizers
Speaker Boehner’s Urgent Opportunity to Unite America
Trayvon Martin and the Irony of American Justice:
(Points out how a a picture of an older man was used for Trayvon)
Trayvon Martin and Making Whiteness Visible
Had already posted this in comments of one of the earlier articles, but here again:
Sharpton finally nails all the Right Wing talking points: